A Chinese swine management team, hosted by the U.S. Grains Council, attended the Alan Leman Swine Production Conference in St. Paul, Minn. to learn more about swine disease eradication programs that have been successfully implemented in the United States. The programs target diseases such as Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) and Porcine Circovirus Associated Diseases.

The recent PRRS outbreak in China created a shortage in pork output and caused prices to skyrocket. With expected growth in pork demand over the next five to ten years, China seeks to embrace more modern approaches to swine production and management, most important of which will be the application of improved technologies associated with animal nutrition and health.